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Sunday, 18 December 2011 10:46 | Author: Ian Brodie

Prince Albert joins Christmas swimmers

The annual Christmas Swim took place this morning at Larvotto Beach, with Prince Albert one of the enthusiastic and very brave participants. About 100 people took to the water (about 11 degrees) in aid of a charity providing schooling to victims of the Thai tsunami. The temperature out of the water was a modest 10 degrees. Most participants were in the water for 10 minutes or more, while supporters and families cheered them on from the beach. PHOTO: Prince Albert regains dry ground at the annual Christmas Swim. SEE VIDEO FEATURES (left hand column), also second photo in GALLERY PAGES

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 8:50 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Tsunami charity to benefit from Xmas swim

A Christmas swim is being organised in Monaco for the seventh consecutive year, visitmonaco.com reports. This year it will take place on Sunday December 18 at the Larvotto beach, at 9:30. The event is organised jointly by the Ecole Bleue, the Academy of the Sea and the Foulées Roquebrunoises running club. A raffle will be held in aid of the TATSA charity, which is involved in reconstruction work after the tsunami in Thailand. More info: www.ecolebleue-monaco.com PHOTO: Last year's Xmas Swim

Incomparably curvaceous...

Sir John Gaul, a Monaco resident, made a gift of this unique Delahaye classic to Diana Dors when she was just 17. The car has since won several concours competitions in Europe and the US and was sold to a private collector for $3.3 million by RM Auctions in 2010. The young actress’s motoring career continued with a gift of a Rolls-Royce when she was 20, although she didn’t hold a driving licence.

PHOTO: The magnificent 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster   paulfrasercollectibles.com

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Seeking memories of Diana...

Dear Sir,
 
I am putting together a professional scrap-book of pictures and articles from all my many film mags and books about Diana Dors. Plus a Memories and Tributes section about her in the second half of my book.
 
I wondered if anybody has any memories of Diana Dors coming to Monaco during her life and career, which spanned the late 1940s right up to the early 1980s. She sadly died in 1984, after a brave fight with cancer. Did you meet or see her at a fete or shop opening, perhaps you saw her from a distance in the Principality, or at a show in the area or even met her backstage somewhere? If so, I wondered if anybody would like to share/add any of these memories/anecdotes into my non-commercial professional scrap-book? This book will be donated to various Library Archives around the country, where Diana lived and worked, her birthplace town of Swindon being one of a few.
 
I prefer Diana Dors serious roles in acting and in particular her role as the condemned woman in YIELD TO THE NIGHT [1956] and I have had a contribution from her co-star in that film, Michael Craig. It is true to say that YIELD TO THE NIGHT helped to abolish the death penalty in the UK during the 1960s.
 
There is no doubt in my mind she was one of the most loved and diverse entertainers Britain produced during the 20th century and she certainly earned that status all her life. She was the precursor of the modern day celebrity in every way. She could put her mind to serious and comedic studies on TV, in film and on stage. In 1960 Diana even started a singing career, which eventually produced her SWINGIN’ DORS album, still available on CD I’m told.
 
In essence I am hoping my project will be one of the most comprehensive collection of Memories relating to Diana Dors’ life and career to date. I look forward to any memories your readers may have
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Best wishes, Ian Payne


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(PHOTO: A very young Diana Dors)
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